Alina Szapocznikow
Polish, 1926-1973
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
5 Years at Heddon Street,
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
Annette Messager / Alina Szapocznikow: North of the Future,
Galerie Isabella Czarnowska
Alina Szapocznikow: Drawings (1959 - 1971),
Galerie Isabella Czarnowska

Polish sculptor Alina Szapocznikow is best known for her resin casts of body parts, glossy objects that present lips and breasts as luxury objects. She began working during the postwar period in a classical figurative style, studying in Prague and Paris with Jean Arp and Alberto Giacometti before being recalled to Poland and eventually returning to Paris. Sometimes considered a counterpart to the essentialist, body-conscious work of Americans Lynda Benglis, Eva Hesse, and Hannah Wilke or French sculptor Louise Bourgeois, Szapocznikow explored a black humor rooted in the fragility of the body and the sexualization of certain parts, employing such loaded symbolism as presenting the female head as an ashtray. “Through casts of the body,” Szapocznikow wrote in a 1972 artist statement, “I try to fix the fleeting moments of life, its paradoxes and absurdity.”